Hard Flooring

By-Law 20

a)  An Occupier must not remove floor coverings or replace floor coverings with a different type of floor covering, except with the Strata Committee’s written approval.  The purpose of by-law 20 is to ensure that an appropriate standard of sound proofing is maintained.

b)  Where the Committee grants consent for hard flooring to be installed, the following conditions must be met by the Owner:

i)  the resultant noise level produced in the room under the hard flooring must comply with the standards in the Association of Australasian Acoustical Consultants for a 4 star building (50 LnT,w – as amended from time to time) regarding impact noise transmission in apartment buildings;

ii)  if the Committee reasonably requests the Owner to obtain a test to measure the impact noise transmission of the completed hard flooring, the Owner shall pay the costs of retaining an acoustic specialist to perform the required test and provide the Committee with the test report;

iii)  where the impact noise transmission of the completed hard flooring does not meet the standard required in the Association of Australasian Acoustical Consultants for a 4 star building, the Owner must, within 2 months and at their cost, remove the hard flooring and/or have any necessary procedures or additional works undertaken in order to comply with the required standard of the Association of Australasian Acoustical Consultants for a 4 star building;

iv)  on the completion of the works performed pursuant to the preceding paragraph, the Committee may reasonably request the Owner to obtain a further test to measure the impact noise transmission of the completed hard flooring and the Owner shall pay the costs of retaining an acoustic specialist to perform the required test and provide the Committee with the test report;

v)  the preceding 2 paragraphs will continue to apply until the required standard is achieved; and

vi)  any other reasonable conditions specified by the Committee to reduce noise (arising in any way) being transmitted from the Lot.

Note: If an installation does not meet the required acoustic standard, the Owners Corporation will require rectification of the non-complying floor. So you should become familiar with the Rex’s requirements at the planning stage to avoid unnecessary delay or expense.

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Acoustica (Angel Step), Regupol and Uniroll as well as other companies make complying underlays. Acoustic ratings vary and the supplier requires information on slab thickness, ceiling void distances and whether an ardit topping is required before a rating specification can be issued.